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A changing of the guard in Sonoma County offices


Retirement and promotions

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin’s office announced the retirement of her longtime District Director, Pat Gilardi, who has been an integral member of Gorin’s staff since the supervisor first took office in 2012. Gilardi will step away from her position as Gorin’s right hand in April. In a Feb. 4 press release announcing Gilardi’s retirement, Gorin wrote, “Pat has been with me since the beginning, and has been indispensable. … When I was first elected, Pat was there as my only staff and I could not have accomplished anything I have without her. She has been an amazing command center, confidante, supporter, and friend to me.” In addition to her eight years with Gorin’s office, Gilardi has also served as a city council member and mayor in her hometown of Cotati. She was often a constituent’s first contact with Gorin’s office, answering questions and setting up meetings and calls with the busy supervisor. “I wish her rest and happiness in her well-deserved retirement,” Gorin said. Arielle Kubu-Jones, who has been Gorin’s field representative, will be stepping into Gilardi’s position as district director. Kubu-Jones joined Gorin’s team following the 2017 firestorms. In the years since she’s run Neighborhood Captains meetings, Glass Fire Survivor meetings, and facilitated the North Valley Municipal Advisory Council. She has also handled tourism occupancy tax funds for the supervisor. Karina Garcia will be promoted into Kubu-Jones’ position as field representative. Garcia has been on Gorin’s team for a year, and previously worked with the Sonoma Valley Unified School District and Azteca 50 TV. According to Gorin, Garcia has deepened her office’s ties to the Sonoma Valley and its Latinx community by helping facilitate the Springs Municipal Advisory Council and bi-weekly Charla Comunitaria Spanish-language virtual events.

“I am so proud of the team I have built with Pat,” Gorin said. “Being able to elevate two great staff members is the bright spot here. Change is never easy and Pat will be greatly missed, but I have so much confidence in Arielle and Karina.”

The two promotions result in a vacancy on Team Gorin. To apply for the position of board aide, contact Kubu-Jones at [email protected].

Openings on SoCo committees and councils

In a separate press release, Supervisor Gorin announced openings on a variety of boards, committees, and councils in the First District. While none of the current openings are specific to Kenwood, Glen Ellen, or Oakmont, a few of the positions might be of interest to local community members interested in volunteering their time and expertise. One volunteer position is available on the Community Advisory Council (CAC) advising the county’s Independent Office of Law En- Gorin – from page 5

forcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO). The CAC is charged with “helping IOLERO carry out its mission to engage and keep the community informed about viewpoints, concerns and experiences” related to county law enforcement. The CAC meets the first Monday of most months at 6 p.m.

The county also seeks volunteers to fill two vacancies on the Flood Control Advisory Committee Valley of the Moon Watershed Zone 3A. According to the release, members of this committee “meet to discuss storm water management and flood control issues and provide recommendations on annual budgets involving expenditures related to flood protection, stream maintenance, and storm water management.” The focus is on the Sonoma Creek watershed, and members represent agricultural, residential, municipal and commercial interests.

Applications for both advisory bodies must be submitted to Supervisor Gorin’s office by Feb. 28. Contact Pat Gilardi ([email protected]) or Karina Garcia ([email protected]) for more information.